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Crucibles of Leadership: How to Learn from Experience to Become a Great Leader by Robert J. Thomas

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THE CORE OF A PERSONAL LEARNING STRATEGY

Recognizing and Transforming Crucible Experiences

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.

—Abigail Adams

Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

WE’VE BEEN LOOKING at the work of expert performers and how that can translate to the highest levels of leadership. But what do eminent performers’ experiences have to do with your own crucibles, and what you learn from them? Everything. Leaders in industry, government, and the social sector need all the things that athletes and performing artists do in order to reach top form. They need a deep and thoroughgoing grasp of method. They need ambition ...

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